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Okanagan Nation Declaration
We, the Okanagan Nation make this declaration today as a sign for every generation to come, Therefore we herby declare that:
We are the unconquered aboriginal peoples of this land our mother; The creator has given us our mother, to enjoy, to manage and to protect; We the first inhabitants, have lived with our mother from time immemorial; Our Okanagan Governments have allowed us to share equally in the resources of our mother; We have never given up our rights to our mother, our mother's resources, our governments, our religion; We will survive and continue to govern our mother and her resources for the good of all for all time.

ONA_Who We Are

Since time immemorial, the history of the Okanagan began, long before the arrival of the Europeans. We are the Syilx-speaking people – the original inhabitants of a vast and beautiful territory that encompasses forests, grasslands, lakes and desert. For thousands of years, the Okanagan people were self-reliant and well provided for through their own ingenuity and use of the land and nature. We lived united as a nation with a whole economy, travelling the breadth and depth of our territory, hunting and fishing, growing and harvesting, crafting and trading to meet our needs.

  • Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast and Celebration

    Okanagan Falls Provincial Park
    Friday, September 19, 2014 - Sunday, September 21, 2014
    All day

    The Okanagan Nation Alliance is pleased to host the Annual Salmon Feast and Celebration on behalf of the Okanagan Nation. The gathering will be held September 19-21, 2014 at sxwexwnitkw (Okanagan Falls Provincial Park).

    It is one of the goals of the Okanagan Nation to preserve the traditions and culture of the Syilx people. We hope to carry on the work that the Elders started and continue with snxa?l’iwlem (honouring the sacredness of the river), by having Syilx people gathered at one of our traditional fishing camps. With the continued release of the Sockeye Salmon into Skaha Lake, it is vitally important that we honour the salmon so they will always come back to feed the people.

  • Hatchery Grand Opening

    Green Mountain Road, Penticton BC
    Saturday, September 20, 2014
    All day

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